By Rena Klingenberg
I've written this brief gemstone lore listing of common
stones as a copyright-free piece you are welcome to use as-is or adapt. It's a good idea
to learn a little about gemstone lore and gem quality - jewelry customers tend to be fascinated with this stuff,
so it's helpful to be familiar with it regardless of whether you intentinally make jewelry
for metaphysical purposes.
Traditional Gemstone Properties
Agates: Balancing physical, emotional, intellectual and
spiritual energies; perceptiveness, strength, inspiration, awakening talents.
Amazonite: Success, joy, self-expression, awakening heart,
soothing, harmony, balancing.
Amber: Soothing, calming, cleansing.
Amethyst: Contentment, spirituality, dreams, healing,
peace, happiness, love, intuition.
Ametrine: Intellectual stimulation, attunement, releasing,
dispelling tension, connecting.
Apatite: Intellect, achieving results, healing, insight,
humanitarianism, meditation, balance, creativity.
Aquamarine: Courage, purification, peace, intuition,
self-expression, balance, preparedness.
Aventurine: Healing, money, mental agility, visual acuity,
peace, opening heart, motivation, leadership.
Azurite: Intuitive energy, dreams, healing, insight,
stilling the mind, concentration, self transformation.
Bloodstone: Courage, intense healing, renewal, strength,
victory, intuitive decision making.
Calcite: Purification, peace, calming, memory, awareness,
appreciation of nature.
Carnelian: Precision, analytical capabilities, physical
energy, verbal skill, peace, spirituality.
Celestite: Verbal skill, healing, compassion, calming,
growth, intuition, hope.
Chrysocolla: Easing heartache, stamina, wisdom, peace,
love, communication, vitality, inner strength.
Chrysoprase: Balancing male-female energy, love, grace,
compassion, clemency, personal growth.
Citrine: Intuition, comfort, protection, creativity,
physical energy, wealth, mental awakening.
Coral: Diplomacy, quieting emotions, visualization.
Crystal Quartz: Intensifying energy, spiritual
development, healing, raising consciousness.
Diamond: Courage, strength, healing, protection,
spirituality, mental abilities.
Dumortierite: Self-reliance, stamina, patience,
recognition of potential, understanding, communication of ideas.
Emerald: Love, domestic bliss, sensitivity, loyalty,
memory, mental capacity, harmony, focus, eliminating negativity.
Fluorite: Stability, impartial reasoning, responsibility,
Fossil Stone: Accomplishments, improvement of ones
environment, communication, innovation.
Garnet: Health, removing negativity, awareness,
commitment, regeneration, order, insight.
Hematite: Mental attunement, memory, calming, balance,
focusing energy and emotions, peace, inner happiness, transforming negativity.
Howlite: Awareness, calm, emotional expression,
observation, patience, eliminating negativity.
Iolite: Intuition, spiritual growth, healing, balance,
releasing discord, awakening to inner knowledge.
Jade: Fidelity, dreams, realization of potential, peace,
accord, resourcefulness, accomplishment.
Jaspers: Protection, nurturing, joy, awareness; balancing
of physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual energies.
Labradorite: Alignment, spiritual connection,
transformation, clarity, peace, progression, discernment.
Lapis Lazuli: Wisdom, intuition, awareness, objectivity,
clarity, creativity, expanded consciousness, dreams, purity, courage, serenity.
Lepidolite: Hope, stress reduction, birth, peace,
spirituality, physical strength, luck, protection, emotional balance.
Malachite: Transformation, insight, clarifying emotions,
fidelity, loyalty, practicality.
Marble: Charitable actions, original thinking, alleviation
Moonstone: Introspection, reflection, beginnings, insight,
tenderness, harmony, peace, travel.
Mother of Pearl: Mental clarity, intuition, sensitivity,
imagination, adaptability, cooperation.
Obsidians: Clarity, deflecting negativity, protection,
Onyx: Self-control, decision making, intuition,
recognition of personal strengths.
Opal: Creativity, spontaneity, relationships, memory,
happy dreams and changes.
Pearl: Purity, faith, charity, innocence, integrity,
focus, wisdom, spirituality, sincerity, fertility.
Peridot: Warmth, friendliness, understanding, openness in
love and relationships, regulation of cycles.
Pyrite: Defense, prevention, protection from negativity,
physical wholeness, memory.
Rhodocrosite: Love, emotional balance, cleansing, renewal,
relaxation, expansion of consciousness.
Rhodonite: Peace, generosity, attention to details.
Rhyolite: Change, variety, progress, creativity,
Rose Quartz: Love, peace, happiness, gentleness, healing
Ruby: Nurturing, spiritual wisdom, attainment of values,
economic stability, protection from distress.
Sapphire: Joy, peace, beauty, intuition, prosperity,
fulfillment of dreams.
Serpentine: (see Jade)
Smoky Quartz: Dissolving emotional blockage, clearing the
mind, cooperation, personal pride, joy in living, attentiveness to the moment, protection.
Sodalite: Wisdom, logic, calmness, healing, stress
reduction, companionship, self-esteem.
Sunstone: Alleviating fears, energizing, cleansing.
Tanzanite: Communication, intuition, protection, symmetry,
Tiger Eye: Practicality, peacefulness, clarity,
intelligence, intuition, new experiences, financial stability, calmness, releasing
Tiger Iron: Artistic endeavors, beauty, vitality.
Topaz: True love, success in endeavors, understanding of
interrelationships, expression of ideas, trust, health, personal expansion and growth.
Tourmaline: Energizing, soul-searching, releasing.
Turquoise: Spiritual attunement, cleansing, healing,
protection, valor, soothing, peace of mind, guidance through the unknown, romantic
Unakite: Balance, re-birth, foresight, emotional
balance.Zoisite: Dispelling laziness, facilitating advancement.
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Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness
What is the Mohs' Scale, and what does it measure? Guest author Mary Harvey addresses
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The Therapeutic Benefits of Jewelry Making
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to growth and healing.
Colored Gemstones and Mystical Symbolism
Colored gemstones have been attributed with symbolism, legend, lore, and mystical powers.
Guest author Sam Serio covers the various gemstone colors and their traditional
Color of Coral
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Turquoise Jewelry - lore and legend
Turquoise jewelry has been fashionable for over 6000 years. Its lore and legend make this
beautiful, captivating stone a must-have item in beads, cabochons, and jewelry.
Description of common turquoise treatments such as wax treatment, stabilizating,
Emerald: One of Nature's Precious Wonders
Guest author G.L. Bycz paints a loving portrait of the emerald, that entrancing green
gemstone of legend and lore.
Lore and Legend
Agate has been used by humans for over 20,000 years. Although it is currently used mainly
as a gemstone, it has been prized as a stone of healing and power.
A good jewelry box is a wonderful place to store not only your jewelry, but also other
small treasures that have touched your life in some way, and the memories they hold. Guest
author Angela Davis evokes the ambience of a treasured jewelry box.
Antique jewelry has a timeless charm that never goes out of fashion. Here's how to find
vintage jewelry to give or to keep - a lovely way to relive a bygone era.
History of Costume Jewelry
Costume jewelry came into being in the 1930s as a cheap, disposable accessory meant to be
worn with a specific outfit. Guest author Sherry Matsen believes costume jewelry can add
the finishing touch and show your fashion sense.
You can also learn about gemstone lore and healing
properties of stones at CrystalsandJewelry.com
and find a list of favorite reference books there.